One does not have to be of an FGM "mix" in order to
be a "mixed" person or people grouping (ex. Arabs,
Hispanics, African-Americans, Polynesians, , etc.).
Also, the term "mixed" is more than just 'part black'
or 'part white' or 'part any of the other standard
admixtures' people typically think of as "mixed"
(particularly the people of the United States of America).
In addition, one does not even need to be the 'direct' descendent of
a pair of separate-"mono"-racially-categorized parents, grandparents,
or even great-grand-parents, etc. -- in order to be a "mixed" person.
The term MGM-Mixed simply means that the lineage of the person
(or of the people grouping) is that of various 'types' of
"mixed" people (ex. mulatto, griffe, metisse, etc.) marrying
and having children with various other 'types' of
"mixed" people throughout several generations.
Most MGMs can show that their family has been "rather `thoroughly'
Mixed" THROUGHOUT multiple generations of their lineage.
Also, contrary to popular 'myth', the average MGM-Mixed person or
people grouping does not lay claim to what we can call an "ancient
ancestor" theory as a/the 'basis' for the fact of their being "mixed".
In other words, they do not make a claim to have been
(i.e. via some "ancient-ancestor"), then somehow
`miraculously' became "mono"-racial people once again
(If that were the case, then 'the entire
world' would have to be listed as "mixed").
But rather they both "became-and-remained" a mixed family (or people
grouping) "throughout" their lineage (i.e. with all of these "mixed"
`types' intermarrying with other "mixed" `types', they never had
the chance to go back to being what could ever be considered as
full "mono"-racials -- ex. black, white, Asian -- again).
(If an "ancient 'whatever-race' ancestor" is mentioned,
it is generally to show 'where' the last place in their
family's lineage, they could find a "mono"-racial.)
As a result, the MGM-Mixed people have -- in most
cases not had a TRULY "mono"-racial ancestor
(whether 'full-white', 'full-black', full-asian', etc.)
in their family's lineage in (at least 3 or 4) generations.
In addition, depending and based on the 'types' of "mixed", it could
take several generations of "solely "mono"-racial admixture only"
(ex. only-white , only-black, only-asian, etc.) -- before a person
would no longer be considered as being a 'type' of "mixed".
Contrary to popular myth often spread by some of the more
`malevolently-militant mulattoes' (MMMs), most MGM-Mixed people
who are also 100% of the largely (+70%) multi-racial Ethnic
grouping known as African-American(AA) -- do not generally
use the claim of having 'an ancient white (or other non-black)
great-grand-whatever' to 'prove' their 'mixtured' heritage ---
but rather AAs (much like Hispanics, Arabs, etc.) will and
can present the facts of their 2, 3 or 4 'clearly mixed'
(generally 'tri'-racial, not 'bi'-racial) grandparents
Like most Hispanics, most AAs (more than 70% of
the `ethnic' group) do have a "mixed" heritage -- but
in absolutely no way are they claiming to be BI-racial
People must remember that 'the' definition of 'mixed'-"race" is not
limited to simply being "half black & half white" -- when clearly
such a myopic definition can never apply to the term "Mixed".
If that were the case how would an Amer-Asian or an
Afro-Asiatic person be considered "racially mixed";
how would multi-generational multiracial (MGM) groups
such as Hispanics and Arabs be considered "racially mixed".
Because the term "Mixed" so often and erroneously associated
only with BI-racials, many of the more 'malevolently-militant-
mulattoes' tend to become openly hostile and angry at
THE FACT that the AA's are 1) not a 'race, but rather
an 'ethnicity' and 2) are an MGM ethnicity.
It's as if, these same 'malevolently-militant mulattoes' who
do not want the one-drop-rule or issues of racial quantums
and percentages and 'stereotypical features' applied to
them are more than willing to apply it to the AAs.
Again --- when thinking of Hispanics, Arabs, African-Americans
and other groups of MGM ethnicity --- it should be remembered
that , terms such as "Racially-Mixtured" and `Multi-racial' DO NOT
MEAN (nor is anyone trying to claim that they mean) BI-racial.
African-Americans are unique in that many have chosen to
'publicly identify' as being of a "black" socio-political "identity"
(occasionally in order to avoid harassment they encounter,
by certain of the more `malevolently-militant mulattoes' (MMMs),
when they publicly acknowledge their fully mixed lineage) ---
despite their obvious `mixtured" heritage, features and lineage
and open acknowledgement of their full lineage in the privacy and
safety of those they trust and feel will be supportive of them.
Those African-Americans who are part of the +70% who are MGM-Mixed
do not, nor have they ever generally laid a, claim to being a
group of "BI-racials" (they have no reason to make this claim
seeing that they are actually tri-racial) nor are they
claiming to be "mulattoes" --- but, they are not about
to let anyone deny them the truth of their heritage.
Although the AAs are, for the most part, a `mixed'-raced `ethnic'
grouping of people and NOT a `mono'-racial (ex. `black') `race'
grouping of people, it should still be remembered that they
also have a great respect as well as love and admiration
for `black' people and the 'black' portion of their
lineage (as well as for all other portions of their heritage).
Keeping in mind, again, that AAs are not `black' but
rather are `multi' --- their claim is not that they
"have `some non-black blood' `down' the line" or that
they are BI-racial / first-generation mulatto, etc.
In fact, for decades, the AAs have been trying to get BI-racials to
understand that they ARE NOT trying to claim AAs as being
BI-racial or as being any sort of FIRST-GENERATION-mulatto group.
The average AA lineage is clearly MULTI-racial and this amalgamation
of the lineage took place across and THROUGHOUT `multiple
generations' (not just during the Antebellum period as some
consistently and falsely try to imply) and also in various ways
(most, but not all, of which was largely against the volition of
AAs but even in that, it show the `survival' of the people ).
The AAs are descended from three "races" of people
(blacks, Amerindians and whites) and this tri-racial
mixture occurred over multiple generations.
For more than 400 or so years, this `ethnic group', for the most
part, has not been at all `mono-racial' (ex. black--Amerindian
OR--white) but rather both `became' and `remained' a
`multi-racial' grouping (black--Amerindian--AND--white).
Because the AAs (who are MGM) tend to marry and have children
largely only with only other AA's (who are also MGM) -- there is no
history of most of the AAs becoming mono-racial (ex. white, black,
Amerindian) once again, and thus, they have remained `multi-racial'.
Those Americans who are of `black-only' heritage would
be the group known as "Black Americans" (with their
own individual 'ethnicities' -- ex. Nigerian) --- while AAs
(`descendents of the Antebellum slavery-system survivors') are,
for the most part, a 'ethnic' group of `multiracial' Americans.
The "Black-Americans" (BAs) and "African-Americans" (AAs)
are NOT the same people grouping; the BAs are a `racial;
grouping , while the AAs are an `ethnic' grouping (not a
`racial' group); and the AAs are an `ethnic' grouping composed
of `multiple' "races" and is about 430 years old while the BAs
are a `racial' grouping composed of `multiple `ethnicities' .)))
M family has not had a full "mono"-racial ancestor of any race
(ex. `white') in multiple generations -- and, like most of those
of the African-American ethnicity, we are quite clearly
(and even largely 'visibly') an MGM "mixed" people.
My family has been openly tri-racially "mixed" for generations
and the 'Multi-Gen'-Mixed people like us, typically, are the
first to (like myself) acknowledge that "mixed" covers a lot
more ground than people like to believe - and it's largely
because we have been "continually-mixed" for so very long.
Also, a person's right to the choice of having a given
socio-political-cultural "identification" that is associated with
a `mono'-racial term, ' does not make them any less "mixed".
In the same sense that, as an MGM, my lineage is generationally
admixed into multiple races, yet, as an African-American (AA), my
heritage is steeped in my American nationality and my AA ethnicity.
To borrow from the old Barbara Mandrell song
-- ("I was 'country' when 'country' wasn't cool")
"I was 'mixed' when 'mixed' wasn't cool"
(in fact, my whole family was, is and has been
so -- continually throughout it's generations)!!!